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Standing Orders Committee - Senate - First Report (1926-28 Session)

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Laid on the Table by the President, and ordered to be printed, 11 th February, 1926.

[Cost of P a p e r Preparation, not given; 830 copies; approximate cost of printing and publishing, £6.]

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T he Standing Orders Committee appointed last Session had under consideration a proposed new Standing Order dealing with the limitation of debate on Bills declared by the Senate to be “ Urgent Bills ”,

Your Committee has further considered this question, and now recommends the adoption of a new Standing Order, as set out in the Appendix hereto.

President’s Room, 11th February, 1926.

THOS. GIVENS, Chairman.




Limitation of Debate.—“ Urgent ” Bills. .

4 0 7 b . ( 1) When a motion for leave to introduce a Bill is called on, or when a Message is received from the House of Representatives transm itting a Bill for concurrence, or at any other stage of a Bill, a

Minister may declare that the Bill is an urgent Bill, and move “ That the Bill be considered an urgent B ill", and such motion shall be put forthwith—no debate or amendment being allowed. If the motion

be agreed to without dissentient voice or be carried by an affirmative vote of not less than thirteen Senators, a Minister may forthwith, or a t any time during any sitting of the Senate or Committee, but not so as to

interrupt a Senator who is addressing the Senate or Committee, move a further motion or motions specify­ ing the time which (exclusive of any adjournment or suspension of sitting, and notwithstanding anything contained in any other Standing Order or any

Sessional Order) shall be allotted to all or any of the following :— (a) The initial stages of the Bill up to, but not inclusive of, the second reading' of the

Bill : . " ■

(b) The second reading of the B ill; (c) The Committee stage'of the B ill; (cl) The remaining stages of the B ill; and the order with regard to the time allotted to the Committee stage of the Bill may, out of the time allotted, apportion a certain time or times to a

particular Clause or Clauses, or to any particular Part or Parts of the Bill. Upon such further motion or motions with regard to the allotment of time being moved, no debate thereon shall be allowed for more than one hour, and in speaking thereon no Senator shall exceed ten

minutes. If the debate be not sooner concluded, then forthwith upon the expiration of that time the

President or the Chairman shall put any questions on any amendment or motion already proposed from the Chair.

(2) For the purpose of bringing to a conclusion any proceedings which are to be brought to a conclusion on the expiration of the time allotted under any motion passed under the provisions of the ■ preceding para­ graphs of this Standing Order, the President or the

Chairman shall at the time appointed under the motion for the conclusion of those proceedings put forthwith the Question on any amendment or motion already proposed from the Chair, and, in the case of the

consideration of any Bill in Committee, shall then put any Clauses and any Government amendments and new Clauses and Schedules, copies of which have been circulated by the Government among Senators two hours at least before the expiration of the allotted time, and any other question requisite to dispose of the business before the Senate or Committee. No other amendments, new Clauses, or Schedules, shall be proposed.

(3) Standing Orders 281, 431, and 433 shall not apply to any proceedings in respect of which time has been allotted in pursuance of this Standing Order.

(4) Where any time has been specified for the commencement of any proceedings in connexion with any business under this Standing Order, when the time so specified has been reached, the business, what­ soever its nature be, then before the Senate or

Committee, shall be postponed forthwith and the consideration of the Urgent Bill proceeded with, and all steps necessary to enable this to be done shall be taken accordingly.

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